African Arrival Commemoration and Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center Dedication

Join American Evolution, Fort Monroe and the City of Hampton for 3 days of music, tours, and the grand opening of new galleries that commemorate 400 years of African American history.

To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English North America, the 2019 Commemoration hosts the dedication ceremony with Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) and the National Park Service (NPS). Events begin 9:30 am with a commemoration ceremony and dedication of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center. Stay for the rest of the day and enjoy cultural demonstrations, vendors, children’s activities, and more in Continental Park.

This project involves the renovation of the former Coast Artillery School Library at Fort Monroe and the addition of two wings. The galleries will tell the profound stories of Captain John Smith, the arrival of the first enslaved Africans and the culmination of 242 years of slavery as the first contrabands came to Fort Monroe to receive their emancipation.

Dominion Energy is the presenting partner of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center.

EVENT DETAILS


Event Type: Signature Events

Start Date: August 23, 2019

End Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 

Venue: Fort Monroe, Hampton

Hampton, Virginia 23651


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